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Paddle-boarding from Florida to Maine… Sup the Coast!

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

“Just keep the land on the left and we know we’ll be heading north,” said Mike at a supportive gathering at Harborside in West Ocean City. The boys, Mike Simpson and Will Rich, are planning to stand-up paddle board from the southernmost point of Florida to Portland, Maine this Spring season.

These courageous young men passed through Ocean City, Maryland on their way south to Florida. They plan to leave Key West, FL on March 1, 2011. They will then paddle the Eastern seaboard on stand-up paddleboards. The goal of this mission; to support the Wounded Warrior Project and create an awareness of our ocean’s beauty.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a national organization that supports America’s service men and women. These service men and women have fought for the freedom of all United States citizens. Mike and Will are “standing up for those who stood up for us”. Being sea lovers, the man also wanted to become closer to the ocean that they adore so much.  The duo lives on the shores of Massachusetts and believes that oceanic marine eco-systems are vital, just like the values of the Sup Clean-Up organization.

The pair plans to be paddling past the Ocean City shore line in late May/early June. Their Ocean City friends and fans will be on the beach welcoming them and congratulating the men on their paddle thus far.

Mike and Will are adventures, to say the least. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Surfrider Foundation, OceanCity.com, and DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures all bid the boys best wishes for their travels at Harborside Bar  & Restaurant on February 24 with music and spirits. We wish them the best of luck on their journey with their 17.5’ paddleboards in the Atlantic!

For more information about their mission or to track Mike and Will’s progress, visit http://www.supthecoast.com/.

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